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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Yellow Bird-My Favorite Song in the 1950's


I love this song so much. It makes me feel so joyful and alive. I have requested that this song, vocal, instrumental or choral be played during my funeral, since I want it to be a happy occasion. Dying to me is a celebration of life. I felt I had live a good and productive life, so the end of it should be happy not sad! The first video is an instrumental by Chit Atkins and the second is the history of the song as sang and played by the Kingston Trio, Harry Belafonte and Lawrence Welk Band.



Yellow Bird was first recorded in 1957, but existed in other variations before that. Here are some early illustrations.
1) Kingston Trio - Yellow Bird
2) Harry Belafonte - Don't Ever Love Me - 1957 LP "Belafonte Sings Of the Caribbean", and on single with Mama Looka Booboo.
3) Lawrence Welk - Yellow Bird - 1961 hit

People say that Harry Belafonte recorded and popularized this song. What has been lost in the years is that he recorded a different variation not titled Yellow Bird, but Don't Ever Love Me. But he worked closely with Norman Luboff, and led him to create the modern version of Yellow Bird in 1957. The Luboff Choir had it on a 1957 LP Calypso Holiday, the first recording of Yellow Bird.

The melody is based on the West Indian song Petit Oiseaux (Little Bird), later to become Choucoune. Apparently Choucoune was on an LP by Nina and Frederick.
Harry Belafonte had everything to do with bringing all this together in the 1950s.

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